Another Wednesday has come and gone, and so has another episode of All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite. This week’s show broadcasted from the Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
As you would expect, hometown heroes Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega got the main event slot, as they were two of nine participants in a three-way AEW World Trios Championship match. Additionally, we saw two other title bouts, a trios grudge match, and a “Re-Bar Mitzvah”.
A lot of good stuff happened on this week’s AEW: Dynamite, so let’s talk about a couple of those positives.
MJF’s Re-Bar Mitzvah gets crashed by Jungle Boy, Sammy Guevara, and Darby Allin
In a departure from the norm, Dynamite opened with Maxwell Jacob Friedman’s Re-Bar Mitzvah, which doubled as a celebration of his win over Bryan Danielson at Revolution. However, the AEW World Champion didn’t have much time to bask in his success, as Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara, and “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry interrupted the proceedings.
The segment had its share of negatives. The promos all four men cut veered too far into “worked-shoot” territory, with multiple references to being brought in as “a job guy” or “a bump guy”. Friedman putting down the rest of the roster to champion himself as the promotion’s lone star was also not ideal (yes, he’s a lying heel, but he’s also receiving a big push, so it doesn’t reflect well on AEW).
Despite these issues, the crowd enjoyed seeing the “four pillars” of the company trade barbs with each other. This will presumably lead to a four-way match between the young stars for the world title, and judging by the fans’ reaction to this segment, it’s a match that a lot of them are looking forward to.
Taya Valkyrie debuts in AEW
If you hoped for a suspenseful TBS Championship match, then Jade Cargill’s 42-second rout of Nicole Matthews probably left you a little disappointed. If nothing else, it maintained Cargill’s aura as a dominant force, and it gave her a reason to rant about the lack of credible contenders for her title.
It also set the stage for Taya Valkyrie’s AEW debut. The co-holder of the Impact Wrestling Knockouts World Tag Team Championship got a great reaction in her home country as she confronted Cargill and dropped Leila Grey with The Road to Valhalla (the announcers framed it as Valkyrie using Cargill’s Jaded).
This was basic wrestling storytelling that effectively presented Valkyrie as a threat to Cargill’s championship and undefeated streak. This was exactly what Cargill needed to rejuvenate a title reign that had grown stagnant over the last few weeks.